Experimental psychologist

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Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. Currently at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research and writing and is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, The Sense of Style, and most recently, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, which tracked how the establishment of Enlightenment virtues have led to the worldwide rise of health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness.

Pinker is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Foreign Policy’s “World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals” and Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.” He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary and writes frequently for The New York Times, The Guardian, and other publications.

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